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Tennessee State plays their first game against a Division I opponent this year as they host SIU. A look at the matchup by the numbers

The Good

61.5%Tennessee State might have struggled for separation, but the Tigers didn’t struggle for offense. TSU shot 8-15 from three-point range in the win over Reinhardt, and 56.5% from the floor. Six players finished in double figures, and the Tigers had 21 assists on 35 made buckets. Not a bad start — even considering the opponent.

The Bad

61.3%Your free-throw percentage should never be lower than your three-point percentage, given that, a) the free-throw line is closer to the basket, and b) there’s no one guarding you. Yet, Tennessee State managed just that — by two-tenths of one percent.

The !?*#%!$@

53This is a little concerning: TSU played just eight guys against Reinhardt, with seven combining for all but 8 minutes. The total bench minutes: 53, leaving the five starters 147. It’s a new, young team with players that need to see the floor. I get the game was close — but you gotta think long term here as well.

-9.5Vegas isn’t TSU’s friend. The Tigers are nine and a half point underdogs on their home floor — meaning roughly they’d be about 12 or 13 points worse on a neutral floor. That’s a large for a home team — and SIU didn’t exactly light the world on fire last season, winning just 14 games.


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Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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